Writing can be lonely, especially if the people closest to you aren’t writers. But in the 21st century, there are more ways than ever to connect with other writers. Having a community—or several communities—gives you someone to turn to when you need a morale boost or just don’t feel like sitting down to the keyboard. Other writers can inspire you, help you brainstorm, answer questions about story, style and character, share marketing advice, help you find agents and producers, editors, proofreaders, cover designers and publishing services, and give you feedback.
Being connected can lead to opportunities such as writing posts for other authors’ blogs, expanding your marketing reach with likes and shares, invitations to contribute to anthologies or Kindle Worlds and participating in “launch parties.”
Flesh-and-blood writers groups, especially critique groups, are also important because regular feedback while you’re writing and hearing the first impressions of others can help you fine-tune your ideas and your prose.
A community can also provide a pool of beta readers to comment on completed works.